The website for the Polyphasic Society is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in exploring the theory and practice of alternative sleep cycles. The site has a sizeable menu of non-standard sleep schedules ("segmented", "triphasic", "dual core", "dymaxion" and others) and offers detailed guidance on how to manage the shift from consolidated or monophasic sleeping habits into these exotic variants; it also has a lively forum in which polyphasic sleepers reflect on their attempts to re-boot their sleep lives. In these forum posts, we can witness something quite remarkable -- the emergence of a virtual community that has a fair claim to being the first subculture to be based around sleep.
Frida Berrigan, in The Huffington Post, on sleep as a "fundamental human right."
A blog on parenting in the New York Times reflects interestingly on how bed-time is often represented to young children as the "evening's dreaded down-point".
The latest on the mysterious sleeping sickness that has been affecting villagers in Kalachi, northern Kazakhstan, for the past two years.
From Sleep Review: "A team of researchers at MIT has moved a step closer to being able to produce natural sleep patterns. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe how they were able to trigger a period of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in mice, using a technique that shines light directly on mouse neurons."
Data collected from over one million people in eleven countries by the activity tracker Jawbone provides a fascinating snapshot of sleeping patterns in 2014.
Tracey Emin's "My Bed" -- a dishevelled double bed surrounded by discarded clothes, bottles, cigarette packets and other odds and ends -- has been a source of controversy since it was first exhibited at the Tate Gallery in London in 1999. Once upon a time, the question that this work reliably provoked was "But is it art?". More recently, however, it has been suggested that "My Bed" is a little too artful -- according to one eagle-eyed art critic, the creases and indentations in the rumpled bedclothes could not have been created by the sleeping body of the artist.